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Kettle Moraine State Forest

W7796 Kettle Moraine Drive, Milwaukee, WI 53190
262-473-7501
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Ranked #14 of 91 Attractions in Milwaukee
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Forests, State Parks
Activities: Cross-country skiing
Description: Split into two "units" south and north of Milwaukee, both sections contain part of the Ice Age Trail, a 1,000-mile trail throughout Wisconsin.
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Kenosha, Wisconsin, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

Well we camped at Ottawa state park in the third wk in May and will for sure go back next yr, loved the beach area with all the nice tree for shade and alot of picnic tables to enjoy while at the beach, bathroom near by and loved the campsites!We were in site 370 and enjoyed!!!! We have been camping... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

We have been to Mauthe Lake many times when I was growing up. We camped for three weeks at a time in this Kettle Maraine state park. We would drive over to Long Lake or Crooked Lake as well to enjoy the fishing.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Parked at Scuppernog Ski and Hike Trail parking lot. Had to pay $10 as non-residents, but well worth it. Filled up our water bottle, hit the restroom, and then easily found our way to the connecting trail to get over to the Ice Age Trail. We walked about 60minutes south, turned around, and then walked about 45minutes north and walked... More

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Oswego, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

I set out to hike the Emma Carlin trail in the Southern Unit. If you like solitude, this is the place for you! I hiked 6 miles and didn't see a single soul! It was drizzling when I first got there, so the trail was closed for biking. The trail is hilly and there are some obstacles, but that made... More

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

I camped at Ottawa Lake Recreational Area Aug. 2-3, 2014 and found it a pleasant experience. Once I got camp set up, I took a short bike ride to Ottawa lake, changed to swim trunks, and jumped in. Because gas motorboats are banned on Ottawa Lake, the water is nice and clean. It's certainly warmer than Lake Michigan near my... More

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Park City, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

the last time i road these trails was 20+ years ago, what a difference time makes. these trail have great flow and are very tacky in the humid conditions. yes they even have some small jumps. the deep sand in places will give you a work out as well. to the trail crew.... thank you and well done

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Jackson, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

We have watched our kids grow up in these forests. Camping is inexpensive and fun, there are fish in the lake, the hiking trails are well maintained, and those from the West Bend area have placed many caches in the area. This is a great place to make home base and venture out, or just stay and enjoy.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

We stayed at the Pinewoods Campground. The check in with the front desk was easy, our spot (283) had enough room for all 3 of our tents (2 small and 1 large), and we were connected directly to the Scuppernog Trails. Great place for a weekend camping trip. Ottowa lake was nearby as well and we enjoyed some beach time... More

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Reading, Pennsylvania
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

I had heard that the landscape here is so unique because of ice-age glacial activity. However, it just is not impressive looking. A few hills covered with trees was all we could see from an observation tower. The hiking trails were overgrown and very buggy. Nothing scenic. We obtained a map from the visitors center which helped us navigate the... More

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Hartland, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

The southern unit is a repeated pleasure. Whether hiking or just going out for a drive, it is always beautiful and enjoyable.

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